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The Fentanyl Crisis: Another Crime of Capitalism

The Fentanyl Crisis: Another Crime of Capitalism

By Aiyanas Ormond These days I arrive to  work braced for the worst.  As a community organizer working for the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, I expect  to hear that we’ve lost yet another member, and I live in dread that the next death will be  of a friend’s. On Thursday December the 16th

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Once a Panther, Always a Panther

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party October 22, 2016 By Tom “Big Warrior” Watts This month marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in Oakland, California. As an original White Panther, my involvement with the Panthers began in 1968, when I hooked up

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Convincing Your Killers? Black Lives Won’t Matter until Black Power Exists

By Basics Editorial Committee “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” – Assata Shakur On Saturday March 26th, over a thousand people gathered for #BlackOut Against Police Brutality to demand justice for Andrew Loku and Alex Wettlaufer

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Brown Faces in White Places: The Imperialist’s Multicultural State

By: Nooria Alam It has been over five months since the victory of Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau in the Canadian federal elections, ending Stephen Harper’s nine-year rule of tyranny in Parliament. Canadians rejoiced, thinking that there has finally been an end to the racist fear-mongering tactics of the Conservative party leader. But what has

Why Taxi And Uber Drivers Should Unite In Common Struggle

By Liam Fox On December 9th, taxi drivers from across Toronto staged a series of protests against the rival company Uber. Protesters shut down four high traffic areas before finishing with a demonstration at City Hall, calling upon the mayor to ‘bring justice’ to drivers by stopping Uber from operating illegally. These disruptions reverberated throughout

The picket that was organized by Grassroots Women in front of St. George's Private School  to protest education privatization. PHOTO: AIYANAS ORMAND

Exposing the class divide in education

Grassroots Women picket elite private school to protest education privatization By: Aiyanas Ormond On Tuesday, September 16, about 30 people picketed St. George’s, an elite private school in Vancouver.  The picket, organized by Grassroots Women comes after more than 2 weeks of school closures as teachers in B.C. have been on strike. St. George’s is

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If the cops kick down your door

Your rights, the reality, and building a struggle against police terror in our communities By an anonymous contributor The following contribution comes from someone who BASICS knows to be quite  knowledgeable about how police raids are conducted.  This person asked to remain anonymous. Please note that this article, though it touches on issues relating to

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The emergence of the neoliberal containment state in Canada

by Aiyanas Ormond Reproduced with permission from author and The Mainlander: Vancouver’s Place for Progressive Politics AUTHOR’S NOTE | This article emerges from 5 years of working as a community organizer for the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). Thank you to the VANDU Board for allowing me to lean on their community organizing work and

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Building people power in Toronto: Next Steps

A discussion document on strategy for advancing the organization of people’s struggles in Toronto By BASICS Community News Service We in BASICS Community News Service advance this discussion document in this same spirit of unity and struggle that has built a movement to reclaim May Day since 2009 with our allies both within the May

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